Adoree’ Jackson is now three weeks into his season as the Tennessee Titans wrap up the regular season Sunday in Houston, hoping to earn a win and punch a playoff ticket.
Jackson admits that missing the first 14 games of the regular season with a knee injury is not the way he wanted the 2020 season to unfold, but says he is making the best of the situation.
“It’s not the ideal situation I want, but at the end of the day, I’m out there, learning still and competing and getting my groove, just getting back into the groove of playing football,” Jackson said. “I learned at a young age, you can’t go out there and worry about injury or what may happen in an injury situation, because you will hurt yourself. When I’m out there, my focus is not to think about or worry about any part of my body when I’m out there playing. I just want to go out there and play the game.”
Jackson was eased back into the lineup against the Detroit Lions and then started Sunday night against Green Bay, though he had some rough times covering Packers start Davante Adams.
“Whether you play good or play bad, there’s always something you can learn from, and try to do better for the next game or the next play or the next practice,” Jackson said.
The Titans cornerback is hoping to keep improving not only for Sunday but into the postseason, despite difficult circumstances.
“I’m out there. I’m out there playing. It’s just get back into the groove at the end of the day. Just keeping fighting, keep pushing and keep going. At the end of the day, it’s not ideal coming back Week 15, but when you love the game, all you can do is compete and be balls to the wall,” he said. “That’s just all I try to focus on is what can I do to get better and keep improving. Watching film, and what I did do good, how can I get better at that and keep stacking on that. And if there’s something that I didn’t do well, just keep improving and trying to do better.”
Outside linebacker Derick Roberson will be out for the second straight game with a hamstring injury.
Two other Titans players – inside linebacker Daren Bates (hip) and fullback Khari Blasingame (ankle) were listed as questionable on the team’s Friday injury report.
The Titans appear poised to go with Sam Sloman as their field goal kicker Sunday with veteran Stephen Gostkowski still on the Covid-19/reserve list.
“Sam's been practicing,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “He’s stepped in there and been able to kick and done a nice job. We expect him to do the same thing on Sunday.”
Punter Brett Kern, also on the Covid/reserve list is still up in the air as to whether or not he could come off in time to punt Sunday vs. the Texans. If he is able, he would get the call and also handle the holding duties. If not, Trevor Daniel would step in both to punt and to hold on placekicks.